By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State House of Assembly (ODHA) and Speaker of the House were on Tuesday served with an order by the Ondo State High Court restraining them from suspending a lawmaker representing Ese-Odo, Hon. Dipo Torhukerhijo as a member of the House.
They were also served with a motion on notice as well as an originating summons.
In the order granted by Hon. Justice S. A. Bola of the Ondo State High Court on Monday, the judge Upon hearing Mr. Dipo Torhukerhijo, Counsel for the Applicant ordered as follows that, “The Defendants/Respondents, their officers, servants and agents are hereby restrained from Suspending the Claimant Applicant or by any means howsoever called prevent the Applicant from performing his Constitutional duties or any legislative function as a member of the Ondo State House of Assembly pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice in this suit.
“Order is further made restraining the Defendants/Respondents, their officers, agents and servants from stopping the benefits or other entitlements of the Claimant as an elected member of the House of Assembly pending the determination of the motion on Notice”.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) at the local government level had purportedly expelled the lawmaker from Ese-odo, Hon. Success Taiwo Torhukerhijo as a precursor to suspending him from the house and as a fault-finding plot orchestrated by the State’s commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo and some leaders of the APC at Ese-odo local government.
“Following his purported expulsion from the APC, it was alleged that the lawmaker reacted to the purported expulsion by insulting the leadership of the Party and the House of Assembly in a media chat.
The lawmaker had in a press release dissociated himself from any reaction to his purported expulsion stating that the said publication which was done in his name in a phoney online publication is malicious, fraudulent and the handwork of perpetual evildoers.
However, on Thursday last week, following the suspension of Hon. Akinribido representing Ondo West Constituency under ZLP, a committee was set up to investigate Hon. Success Torhukerhijo over his purported foul language in a media chat and report back to the house so as to carry out their premeditated agenda.